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Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland - 6 January 2021

6th January 2021

2,039 new cases of COVID-19 reported.

21,101 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 10.5% of these were positive.

68 new reported deaths of people who have tested positive[b]

[b]95 people are in intensive care with recently confirmed COVID-19[b]

[b]1,384 people are in hospital with recently confirmed COVID-19

4,701 people have died who have tested positive as at 6 January

6,298 deaths have been registered in Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate up to 20 December 2020

40% of COVID-19 registered deaths related to deaths in care homes, 54% were in hospitals and 6% were at home or non-institutional settings (as at 20 December)

There is evidence that the new variant of COVID-19 originally reported from the South of England is circulating widely in Scotland. A good proxy for this new variant are samples tested on the assay used in the UK Government laboratories that give a particular profile of results on the genes tested. Data from Public Health Scotland show that of the new cases reported from the UK Government Laboratories on 2 January 2021, 47.5% of these cases had the profile of the new variant. Public Health Scotland will publish statistics on this in their COVID-19 statistical report on Thursday 7 January.